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Homework Help: Where will the pulses meet?

  1. May 2, 2004 #1
    I'm having a hard time with this problem, and was wondering if somebody can help
    A wire 10.3 m long have a mass of 97.8 g is stretched under tension of 248N. If two pulses, separated in time by 29.6 ms, are generated on at each end of the wire, where will the pulses meet?

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  3. May 3, 2004 #2

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    Unless this is a course in partial differential equations, you were probably given a formula for wave speed on a stretched wire: if I remember correctly it is
    [tex]c= \sqrt{(\frac{T}{\rho})} [/tex]
    where T is the tension and ρ is the linear density of the wire (mass divided by length). Once you know the wave speed, it should be easy to determine where the pulses meet.
     
  4. May 3, 2004 #3

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    I get a wave speed of 161.6 m/s and that the two pulses meet 7.54 m from the end at which the first pulse started.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2010 #4
    Okay so I understand how to get the wave speed, but I am not really sure how you found the distance on where the pulses will meet.
     
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